Thursday, February 11, 2016

Joywave news

I reviewed the band when the played a packed show in Santa Ana, Calif. (see elsewhere on this blog). I hope to see them again at Coachella. Read below for the latest.

This Friday sees Joywave embarking on a six week tour of the US as the direct support for Metric. The dates kick off in Chicago and take the Rochester, NY-based band across the US and back.

The tour includes a show at the Hollywood Palladium on February 26 and The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on March 11. Following the tour, Joywave have confirmed an appearance at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - the band will be playing at the Indio, CA festival on April 17 and April 24.

In anticipation of the forthcoming string of live-dates Joywave are sharing a live performance video of their recently released single "Destruction" off their 2015 debut album How Do you Feel Now?

Shot at a show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom in October of 2015 the video showcases the band's penchant for putting on a high-energy set that gets each and every audience member dancing along with them. Coachella premiered the video to show what festival goers will expect in April.

Just a week after its release, the "Destruction" single is sitting at #30 on the Alternative chart and rising. This is their fourth single that has charted in the top 30. The official video for Destruction was directed by Philip Andelman (Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Beyonce)

"Destruction" isn't the only Joywave track making its mark at the moment. The band's 2015 single "Tongues" is all over the television airwaves via a Google Nexus TV commercial. The ad has been watched upwards of 25 million times and the track is now charting on Shazam.

2015 saw Joywave release their debut LP How Do you Feel Now? (Cultco Music/ Hollywood Records) and the band's collective lives have been a whirlwind of activity ever since. As their singles "Somebody New" and "Now" rose up the alternative radio charts their life on the road mirrored that ascension.

The band toured the US & Europe with the likes of Bleachers, The Kooks &, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, played Summerstage in New York City's Central Park, as well as to sold-out rooms on their first headline tour WORLD TOUR USA 2015. They drew massive crowds with festival appearances at Voodoo Music & Arts Experience & Hangout, Reading, Leeds and Lollapalooza Berlin.

Joywave is vocalist Daniel Armbruster, guitarist Joseph Morinelli, bassist Sean Donnelly, keyboardist Benjamin Bailey, and drummer Paul Brenner.

Tour Dates:

2/12 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL*
2/13 - Orpheum, Madison, WI*
2/15 - Midland - Kansas City, MO *
2/16 - Fillmore - Denver, CO*
2/18 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT*
2/19 - Roseland - Portland, OR*
2/21 - Moore Theatre - Seattle, WA*
2/23 - Masonic - San Francisco, CA*
2/25 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA*
2/26 - Palladium - Los Angeles, CA*
2/28 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA*
2/29 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV*
3/2 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM*
3/4 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO*
3/5 - Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN*
3/6 - Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY*
3/8 - The National - Richmond, VA*
3/9 - Ram's Head - Baltimore, MD
3/11 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY*
3/13 - Fillmore Silver Spring - Washington, D.C.*
3/15 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA*
3/16 - The Dome - Wallingford, CT*
3/17 - Orpheum - Boston, MA*
4/17 - Coachella, Indio, CA (Weekend 1)
4/24 - Coachella, Indio, CA (Weekend 2)
*Direct Support for Metric

Classic Queen concert headed for the big screen

Queen: A Night in Bohemia, presented by Fathom Events, More2Screen and Eagle Rock Entertainment, brings the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ 1975 concert and a never-before-seen documentary to select U.S. movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. local time.

This concert has been specially restored and re-mixed for the big screen, commemorating the recent 40th anniversary of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and showcasing the first-ever live recording of this record-breaking song.

Audiences will also enjoy a documentary featuring a wealth of unseen interviews, recently unearthed rushes of Queen’s first-ever video and outtakes from the recording sessions of "Bohemian Rhapsody" itself. This is the unique story of early Queen told by the band themselves.

Tickets can be purchased online starting Feb. 12 at or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 210 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

The new documentary tells the story of Queen as it follows their journey from a struggling band gigging at pubs and colleges to the moment they captured the UK’s hearts and minds with what was to become one of the greatest songs of all time.

Comprised of the late Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass guitar), the British rock band Queen formed in London in 1971 and have since garnered more than 130 million in record sales, making them one of the biggest-selling music acts of all time.

The concert was captured live on Christmas Eve 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and brought to a climax the most eventful and exciting year so far in the band’s career. It was first transmitted live on BBC Two’s “Old Grey Whistle Test” and captured the band firing on all cylinders as they performed breakthrough hits like “Killer Queen,” “Liar,” “Keep Yourself Alive” and “Now I’m Here,” as well as the now monumental classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Set List

1. Now I'm Here
2. Ogre Battle
3. White Queen (As It Began)
4. Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Killer Queen
6. The March Of The Black Queen
7. Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
9. Brighton Rock (Guitar Solo)
10. Son And Daughter
11. Keep Yourself Alive
12. Liar
13. In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited
14. Big Spender
15. Jailhouse Rock Medley (includes excerpts of Stupid Cupid & Be Bop A Lula)
16. God Save The Queen

a-ha retrospective to include rare remixes

a-ha has an encore planned this year to follow-up the Norwegian trio's epic 30th anniversary celebration in 2015.

On March 18, a-ha will introduce TIME AND AGAIN: THE ULTIMATE A-HA, a digital compilation that features the band's biggest hits along with a selection of rare and unreleased remixes, including Kygo's recent smash remix of "Take On Me."

This new collection retraces the band's early days in Oslo, Norway to global stardom with songs from all 10 of the group's studio albums. Among them: the group's signature #1 smash "Take On Me," the Top 20 hit "The Sun Always Shines On T.V.," the Top 20 dance chart hit "Cry Wolf," the James Bond theme "The Living Daylights," as well fan favorites like "Crying In The Rain" and "Manhattan Skyline." Also featured is "Under The Makeup," a track from a-ha's most recent studio album, Cast In Steel (2015).

TIME AND AGAIN: THE ULTIMATE A-HA contains music from: Hunting High And Low (1985), Scoundrel Days (1986), Stay On These Roads (1988), East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon (1990), Memorial Beach (1992), Minor Earth Major Sky (2000), Lifelines (2002), Analogue (2005), Foot Of The Mountain (2009) and Cast In Steel (2015).

Boasting 16 tracks, the collection brings together rare and unreleased remixes of the band's hit music. In addition to Kygo's recent version of "Take On Me," TIME AND AGAIN: THE ULTIMATE A-HA includes previously unreleased remixes for five songs: "The Sun Always Shines on TV" (Future Funk Squad's 'Radiant 4K' Remix), "Cry Wolf" (Jellybean Mix), "Touchy!" (House Mix), "You Are The One" (Dub Mix Edit), and "Blood That Moves The Body" (Three-Time Gun Mix). Another standout remix includes: "Butterfly, Butterfly," (Steve Osborne Version) from the 2010 compilation, 25.

Track Listing:

Disc One: Hits

1. "Take On Me"
2. "The Sun Always Shines On TV"
3. "Hunting High and Low"
4. "I've Been Losing You"
5. "Cry Wolf"
6. "Manhattan Skyline"
7. "The Living Daylights"
8. "Stay On These Roads"
9. "You Are The One"
10. "Crying In The Rain"
11. "Move to Memphis"
12. "Dark Is The Night For All"
13. "Summer Moved On"
14. "Forever Not Yours"
15. "Lifelines"
16. "Celice"
17. "Analogue"
18. "Foot of the Mountain"
19. "Under the Makeup"

Disc Two: Remixed

1. "Take On Me" (Kygo Remix)
2. "The Sun Always Shines on TV" (Future Funk Squad's 'Radiant 4K' Remix)*
3. "Cry Wolf " (Jellybean Mix)*
4. "Touchy!" (House Mix)*
5. "You Are The One" (Dub Mix Edit)*
6. "Blood That Moves The Body" (Three-Time Gun Mix)*
7. "Summer Moved On" (Remix)
8. "Minor Earth Major Sky" (Black Dog Mix)
9. "Velvet" (New York Mix)
10. "Lifelines" (Boogieman Remix)
11. "Did Anyone Approach You" (Reamped)
12. "Celice" (Mauracher Remix)
13. "Analogue" (CG's Electrosphere Edit)
14. "Cozy Prisons" (Aural Float Remix)
15. "Nothing Is Keeping You Here" (Steve Osborne Remix)
16. "Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)" (Steve Osborne Version)

* Previously Unreleased

Wolfmother to tour for upcoming album

Grammy winning Aussie rock band Wolfmother have released “Pretty Peggy,” the newest track from their upcoming album, Victorious, out Feb. 19 through Universal Music Enterprises. A “Pretty Peggy” lyric video can be viewed HERE.

“Pretty Peggy” follows the premiere of “Victorious,” the kitschy sci-fi companion video to the band’s lead single.

Over the course of the past few weeks, the band has been giving fans a sneak preview of the album, starting with the Zane Lowe/Beats 1 radio show debut of "Victorious" and "City Light." 

Fans can get four songs as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order the album on iTunes. The CD is also available for pre-order through Amazon HERE and pre-orders and exclusive merch bundles are also available at

Wolfmother will be including some of the new songs on their headline tour of North America, set to kick off Feb. 24 in Minneapolis (see full itinerary below). Ticket info is available at

The follow-up to 2009’s Cosmic Egg and 2014’s New Crown,
Victorious spotlights songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale’s artistry. It was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with Grammy winning producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen).

In addition to vocals, Stockdale played guitar and bass and brought in Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM) to split drum duties.

Tour dates:

Feb 24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Feb 25 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Feb 26 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
Feb 27 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Feb 29 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Mar 2 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Mar 3 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Mar 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
Mar 5 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Mar 7 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Mar 8 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Mar 9 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
Mar 11 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
Mar 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Mar 14 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Mar 15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Mar 21 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Mar 23 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Mar 25 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Mar 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
Mar 28 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Mar 30 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Mar 31 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Apri 1 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

New music series set to air on PBS

Launching nationwide on public television this April is the new series “Live At 9:30” – a modern-day music variety show.

Located in Washington, D.C., the 9:30 Club is among the most-attended music clubs of its size in the world – a 1200-person venue where world-famous artists have started their careers, refined their sounds, and played legendary shows.

Each one-hour episode of “Live At 9:30” will feature a collection of acts from different genres, interspersed with insightful and entertaining interviews, short films, and comedic bits.

It is filmed with more than a dozen cameras, including hidden GoPros and an airborne cable-cam.

The first three episodes of the 12-episode premiere season will feature performances by Garbage, The Arcs, Tove Lo, Ibeyi, El Vy, MisterWives, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Frank Turner, MS MR, Cold War Kids, Youth Lagoon, and Jess Glynne.

Wayne White, of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” fame, will be “Live At 9:30’s” art director. Episodes will feature different contributors and hosts, including Henry Rollins, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen, Hannibal Buress, Jill Kargman, Ralphie May, and others.

Squarespace will host the digital destination of the show on The first "Live At 9:30" teaser reel and show stills can be viewed on the site. This spring, fans will have the opportunity to view full episodes and access exclusive content.

“We’ve been approached countless times to do a TV show here, and we’ve always passed,” said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and co-owner of the 9:30 Club. “But ‘Live At 9:30’ is a great opportunity to work with people we trust to bring music variety to life in a way no one has even attempted. When I said we had no interest in just another concert program, they totally got it. They have come up with a truly entertaining bunch of new ideas on how to change the way people watch live concert shows.”

“I’ve been going to the 9:30 Club for 20 years, and my favorite concert memories are from here,” said Michael Holstein, executive producer of ‘Live At 9:30’. “This club is pure magic. Seeing how the community has rallied around this show – artists, managers, the D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment and more – that really drives home that this is much more than just a music club. For the 9:30 Club to trust us to make a TV show about this amazing institution is an awesome opportunity and responsibility.”

Contributing hosts include:

Henry Rollins – former front man for seminal punk band Black Flag, actor, spoken word artist, radio host, columnist, author
Bob Boilen – host and creator of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” and creator of Tiny Desk Concert
Hannibal Buress – comedian, writer, star of Comedy Central’s “Why? With Hannibal Buress” and “Broad City”
Jill Kargman – creator, star of Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out,” novelist, writer for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview
Ralphie May – stand up comedian, “Last Comic Standing” and “Unruly”

Shonen Knife go on an 'Adventure'

Osaka, Japan's legendary all girl pop punk trio Shonen Knife will be celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2016 with the release of new album Adventure on April 1 via Good Charamel Records in the US.
The release will be followed by a worldwide tour which will hit North American shores in the Fall.

Featuring sisters and original members, vocalist/guitarist Naoko and bassist Atsuko with newest member Risa on drums, Shonen Knife recorded the new album in their hometown of Osaka in late '15. It is the follow up to 2014's Overdrive.
Among the 10 new tracks are first single "Jump Into the New World" and others where they cover pop culture topics like the concert t-shirt ("Rock N’ Roll T-shirt"), spicy condiments ("Wasabi"), and dreamy technicolor fluff ("Cotton Candy Clouds").

Listen to "Jump Into the New World" here:

While Japanese culture has seen growing interest in the Western World as of late, the band has enjoyed sharing their ever-evolving career for decades, touring the world with rock royalty such as Nirvana, Sonic Youth, BMX Bandits and Redd Kross.
With appearances on Lollapalooza, MTV’s 120 Minutes, Beavis & Butthead as well as a well-received tribute to The Carpenters where they covered "Top of the World" in past decades, Shonen Knife have had no problem making a name for themselves.

Monday, February 8, 2016

More Monkees studio album news

Today, I received a press release with even more details on the new Monkees studio album...

The Monkees are ready to have some fun this year as the iconic band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a tour and the group's first new album in 20 years, appropriately titled GOOD TIMES!.

GOOD TIMES! features all three surviving band members - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal featured on one song. To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy). GOOD TIMES! will be available June 10 on CD and digitally, with a vinyl version coming out on July 1.

Much like The Monkees' early albums, GOOD TIMES! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world's most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC), and Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave) as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. The album also includes songwriting contributions by Nesmith ("I Know What I Know") and Tork as well as producer Schlesinger.

To help bring the anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs for GOOD TIMES! that were originally recorded and written for the group during the 60s, including "Love To Love" by Neil Diamond, which features a vintage vocal by Jones. Harry Nilsson wrote the title track "Good Times!" which he recorded at a session with Nesmith in January 1968.

The production was never completed, so the band returned to the original session tape (featuring Nilsson's guide vocal) and have created a duet with his close friend Dolenz. "Good Times!" will mark the first time Dolenz and Nilsson have sung together since Dolenz' May 1973 single "Daybreak." Other vintage 1960's tracks included on GOOD TIMES! feature L.A.'s famed "Wrecking Crew" of session musicians.

"This is one of the most exciting Monkee projects I've been involved in for decades!" says Dolenz. "Working with Adam Schlesinger has been a pure delight and the opportunity to sing a duet with my old buddy, Harry Nilsson, is just beyond cool!"

In other Monkees news, the band will release the entire series of "The Monkees" television show on Blu-ray for the very first time. All 58 episodes have been painstakingly restored in high-definition from the original film negatives. The 10-disc Blu-ray collection also includes the 1968 cult-classic "Head," along with many never-before-seen outtakes from the film.

Limited to 10,000 individually numbered pieces, the set will be available April 29 and can be purchased exclusively at for $199.98.

During the band's time together, The Monkees amassed a dozen Top 40 hits, including a trio of tunes that soared to #1. Between September 1966 and December 1967, "Last Train To Clarksville," "I'm A Believer," and "Daydream Believer" collectively occupied the top position for 12 weeks.

Sales of their LPs were more phenomenal still: The Monkees occupied the #1 position for 13 consecutive weeks, and More Of The Monkees for 18 weeks. Both Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. went to the top as well, for a four-in-a-row feat in the incomprehensible space of 13 months. The final tally: 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years.